JOHN McCALL

STATS & FACTS

  • Graduated Auckland University with a Bachelor (Honours) in Town Planning
  • Volunteered as a Surf Lifeguard for 8 years
  • Worked as a guitar tutor / band mentor / camp mentor (for Rock Camp) at Auckland School of Rock for 4 years
  • Water Safety Co-ordinator (2 years) for Surf Lifesaving NZ on events such as the King of the Bays and the Harbour Crossing
  • Beach Education instructor for SLSNZ (1 year)
  • Currently working full time as a planning consultant at Burton Planning Consultancy
  • Guitar player (10 years) - currently performing with my band 'Dead Beat Boys' - released two music videos with NZOnAir funding - '2' and 'Robotronic' 

WHAT CONTRIBUTION DO YOU MAKE TO BTGP? Music is a universal healer, a form of communication that knows no barriers. Because I was painfully shy as a teen, and music helped open me up to opportunity, people and experiences, I decided I wanted to teach guitar to help others how to open up and express themselves.  So I'm here for youth for all things music. I hope to incorporate all my water safety skills into mentoring as well. 

WHAT IS REAL CONFIDENCE TO YOU? To me real confidence is having the strength to be yourself despite what the media / your peers think you 'should be'. This ability takes real strength because you have to overcome social boundaries and pressures instead of letting them keep you from discovering who you really are. Without people showing this real confidence, the world would lack leaders, pioneers and role models - what a dull world that would be!

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE EVER BEEN GIVEN? "Create a legacy beyond yourself" - Amanda Betts

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR? My biggest fear, despite my love of water, is drowning. I guess this is why I choose to be a Lifeguard - to prevent others from suffering this fear.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR TEEN SELF? If I could say anything to my past self, I'd say something along the lines of, "Don't focus on what other people think, focus on what you want them to think". I was a very, very shy teen growing up. I always worried too much about what other people thought of my actions so I never let myself be me. Through music, I found my identity and my passion. Once I had these, I stopped worrying about what other people thought anymore as I was able to make them think what I wanted them to think. A lot more opportunities and friends came my way after this realisation. I just wished I had the courage and strength to find this out earlier!

WHAT WOULD DO YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED FOR AT YOUR EULOGY/FUNERAL? I've always had a drive to be remembered not for who I was, but for what I have done. I hope to be remembered, but that my legacy will live on - whether that be in the form of music or something entirely different, so long as it brings positivity to those who need it most.